3 Dead after Two Firefighting Helicopters Collide in California

Two firefighting helicopters have collided in California while battling a blaze in Riverside County, according to reports.

Three people have been reported dead following the mid-air collision.

The collision happened around 7:20 p.m. local time as crews were working to extinguish a fire on 20 acres of Native American land near Cabazon, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said on social media.

The crash took place in the area of Pipeline Road and Apache Trail.

The pilot and two crew members onboard were killed when the chopper crashed into a hillside.

The second helicopter made a hard landing but no serious injuries were reported, according to KABC.

The helicopter involved in the crash was a contracted chopper for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The three crew members killed were described as a contract pilot, a department division chief, and a department captain.

“I would like to express our deepest sympathies and sorrow to the family and coworkers of the personnel,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection southern region chief David Fulcher said.

“This was a tragic loss for the fire service community and Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department.”

A witness told FOX 11 LA they observed the helicopters collide before the crash.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection fire captain and spokesman Richard Cordova told the outlet that the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the collision.

The incident comes amid increased wildfires amid the hot, dry weather.

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Despite claims from the corporate media, most of the fires have been caused by arson attacks.

READ MORE: Elderly Man Charged with Starting California Fire That Democrats Blamed on ‘Climate Change’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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